Student Group Profile: NUHOC

The Northeastern Husky Outing Club (NUHOC) is “a forum for students to meet others who like to do outdoor activities,” said Lodge Committee Chair Nick Lauder.

A member since his freshmen year, Lauder became involved in NUHOC through a friend.

“I thought it sounded like something I’d like to do,” he said. “So I went to the lodge, and felt like I fit in with those people.”

Started in 1941 primarily as a skiing group, NUHOC has provided an outlet for Northeastern students to escape the crowded streets of Boston and take in some fresh air.

“It’s nice to get out of the city on the weekend” said sophomore Alex Turnwall, a new member of the group.

The club is best known for the lodge (or “Loj,” as it is called by members), located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Built in 1971, it is “a base camp, a hang out, a place to meet people, a place to relax, and a place to eat much better than you do most days of the week,” as described on the NUHOC website, Equipped with two bunkrooms and two lofts, the Loj can fit about 40 people.

Lauder said that the average trip to the Loj for the weekend costs under $20, which includes food, transportation, and fees. The fees are $2.50 for members and $5.00 for non-members. He also said that an average of 30 people attend these weekend trips.

Anyone is welcome to attend, said Lauder, including members, friends, parents, faculty, and non-Northeastern students.

At the Loj, members can be as active as they like. It is very close to Wildcat and Sunday River for skiiers and snowboarders, says the NUHOC Web site. Unlimited hiking is available in the Presidential range, only 15 minutes from Pinkham Notch. Rock and ice climbers can visit Rumney, Tumbledown and Cannon Ciffs, or Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledges.

Other popular NUHOC trips include the alumni weekend at the Loj, Lake George with the Intercollegiate Outing Club Association, and Memorial Day weekend at Arcadia National Park.

Members are not limited to the planned trips NUHOC offers. The website states that “if we’re not putting together the trip you want to go on, we can definitely help you organize it.”

Lauder encourages students to get involved and “keep an open mind because no two trips are the same.”

One of Lauder’s favorite memories with the club took place on a rock climbing trip in West Virginia. “It was raining the whole time. It felt miserable, but after, I realized that it was one of the best days I’ve ever had,” said Lauder. “We believe hardships bring people together.”

NUHOC holds meetings every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in room 440 of the Curry Student Center.

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